Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan have long since been the runaway success story of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s highly underrated HBO show Project Greenlight. The pair were on the third season and wrote Feast, which lead them to write Saw IV through VII, a couple other movies and most recently, a draft of Guillermo Del Toro’s epic Pacific Rim. That jump from horror to action has now helped them get a huge follow-up gig. They’ll be writing God of War, based on the popular Sony video game. David Self (Road to Perdition, The Wolfman) wrote the first draft and will executive produce for Universal. Read more below. Read More »
Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot, In the Line of Fire) was once attached to the long-gestating film based on Orson Scott Card’s novel Ender’s Game. Now, years after moving on from that project, he is attached to another big sci-fi project. Mr. Petersen is currently set to direct an adaptation of the John Scalzi novel Old Man’s War, in which a 75-year old man is given a young body and sent to protect human colonies in space, where he meets a woman that seems to be his wife inhabiting a new young body of her own. Read More »
We’ve heard a lot of back and forth about MGM’s proposed Robocop remake, most of which is has to do with whether Darren Aronofsky, the director originally hired to tackle the film, is still part of the project. The last official word, in late summer ’09, was that Aronosky was still part of the project, but since then there has been a lot of rumor that he has walked away. Now the David Self, film’s writer, says the director is still attached. Read More »
Back in May, rumors ran wild that Brett Ratner might be directing a big screen adaptation of the popular video game series God of War. Bad news for video game fans, today’s MGM press release for the Robocop reboot contained the following juicy tidbit:
“David Self’s credits include 13 Days and Road To Perdition. He wrote God of War for Universal, to which Brett Ratner is attached to direct, and was a writer on Universal’s Wolfman currently in production.”
Is this official confirmation that Ratner is officially attached to the project? We hope not.
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MGM has confirmed that Darren Aronofsky will direct the upcoming Robocop sequel/reboot. David Self (Road to Perdition) is tapped to write a script, which is rumored to take place in “Present day Los Angeles, 20 years after the termination of the RoboCop program, the city decides to reinstate the program.” Phoenix Pictures’ co-presidents Brad Fischer and David Thwaites say it will be “an entertaining and provocative film,” which might be a stab at rumors of a possible PG-13 version. The film is being fast tracked for a 2010 release.
Actor Hugo Weaving (V For Vendetta, The Matrix) is set to star as Detective Aberline for director Joe Johnston in The Wolf Man. Weaving will join a cast that includes Anthony Hopkins (as the Wolf Man’s father), Benicio del Toro (as the Wolf Man) and Emily Blunt (as the love interest). This is the first bit of casting news for the big budget remake of the 1941 horror film since the original director, Mark Romanek, abruptly left at the end of January over budget issues. Romanek had spent a few years working to bring the film to the screen with del Toro, and now Variety reports that Johnston has had David Self (Road to Perdition, The Haunting) do a rewrite of the script by Andrew Scott Walker. A little curious.
Weaving is the guy to go to for classier event films like this and he definitely boosts the movie’s chances of being a creative success. But Johnston, who previously directed Hidalgo, Jumanji and Jurassic Park III, inspires nothing. He has a surprising number of defenders online, but to me, this is the equivalent of hypothetically never seeing Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are. Would this lavish project have happened with Johnston on board originally? No. And such a thought will be in the back of my head for sometime, perhaps even while watching the film in February ’09, if applicable. Romanek hasn’t updated the news page on his official website in years; you have to wonder if he’ll ever open up about what happened.
Discuss: If Hugo Weaving ever plays a villain in Christopher Nolan’s Batman films, who should he play?